Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 2: Mission Day 11

Thur, Jan 4

Invitation – Isaiah 60:1

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Scripture Reading – Philippians 2:1-11

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Dwelling

Humble yourself before God. Read again, out loud if possible. Which words or phrases are particularly striking? What do they reveal about God? About us? Respond to God accordingly, resting in Him.

Guided Prayer

  • Find courage in Jesus, who humbled himself to death to save the world.
  • Grant us dispositions of humility, actively seeking the interests of God and others.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 27 & 28

Lord Jesus, we stand amazed at the depths of humiliation you took upon yourself on our behalf. You were born as a human, undergoing the miseries of this life, culminating in the receiving of God’s wrath as you died on a cross only to triumphantly rise again! May we see you as you are, risen from the dead and exalted, sitting at the right hand of the Father. Amen.

Blessing – Revelation 7:17

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.